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Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lowcountry Waterways

 
 
Lowcountry Waterways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
1. Lowcountry Waterways Marker
Inscription.
During colonial times any trip to Charleston from Snee Farm was by way of tidal creeks and rivers. While today we depend on the automobile and a network of highways and bridges, life was not so convenient for the people of Charles Pinckney’s time.

A trip to Charleston was planned around favorable tides. Travelers departed on the outgoing tide and returned on the incoming tide. Sometimes a trip might last several days – depending on how long it took to complete one’s business and when one could catch the next tide to return home.

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Carolina Gold

The major cash crop of the period was rice, and the “Carolina Gold” variety brought the most at market. On most Lowcountry plantations, diked rice fields were flooded with fresh water pushed by the incoming tide. Later the water was drained with the outgoing tide. This process was repeated three times during the growing season.

At Snee Farm, the inland method was used to grow rice. Similar to the tidal method, fields were flooded with rain water collected in reservoirs.

Besides providing the means for growing rice, the waterways of the Lowcountry were also a rich source of wild foods. The waters teemed with fish, shellfish, and waterfowl.
 
Location. 32° 50.794′ 
Lowcountry Waterways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Lowcountry Waterways Marker
N, 79° 49.613′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Long Point Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on a walking trail at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1254 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice Trunk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Pinckney - Statesman (about 700 feet away); Snee Farm (about 700 feet away); Slave Community (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Snee Farm (approx. ¾ mile away); Christ Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Christ Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Lines (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of people transporting goods on boats in a tidal river. Image courtesy of the Penn Center, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. The lower right of the marker contains a picture of “Shooting rice birds in a Lowcountry rice field, from Harpers, November 1878.”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. National Park Service
Marker at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
3. Marker at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
website. (Submitted on August 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 235 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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